Texas, Oklahoma Move to Support Military Families
Multiple bills intended to benefit military families have either passed the legislatures in Texas and Oklahoma or are under consideration.
One measure under consideration in Texas is Senate Bill 1733, which would provide alternative occupational license procedures to expedite the process for military spouses to start working. Another bill moving through the legislature is Senate Bill 1796, which would create the Texas Coordinating Council for Veterans Services to improve the coordination of services for veterans, service members and their families.
Several pieces of legislation have been approved by the Texas legislature and are awaiting the signature of Gov. Rick Perry (R). House Bill 1127 will provide additional safeguards to active duty personnel at risk of losing their homes to homeowners associations or from eviction by a landlord. The bill requires homeowners associations and landlords to notify active service members that they may have special rights or relief related to a foreclosure or eviction notice under the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and under state law.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) recently signed into law three measures, reported Tulsa World:
- HB 1343 grants college scholarships to the children of military personnel killed in the line of duty after Jan. 1, 2000.
- HB 1603 prohibits the use of military deployment as a cause for changes in child custody agreements, ensuring that military deployment cannot be used as a negative factor in determining custody.
- SB 115 protects military voting rights by ensuring state election law complies with federal law relating to voting practices for active duty military personnel.